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Healthy Food

Personalized Nutrition Care to Overcome
Chronic Pain and Disease

Harness the knowledge of your unique genetic code
to solve your most challenging health-related problems

Why Nutritional Genetics

Why Nutritional Genetics?

Adkins, Paleo, Blood-Type, Keto: New diets pop up every day, all with sexy "after" photos and testimonials showing how great they work.  But don't believe the hype! Why?  One diet does not fit all, but rather we are all genetically different, and those differences influence how we:  metabolize our food, absorb nutrients, respond to energy needs, manage our weight, react to toxins, decrease internal inflammation and much more.

The newly emerging science of nutritional genetics allows insights into how your body works, and creates an opportunity to make nutrition-related changes highly personalized and more likely to succeed. Understanding differences in your unique genetic code can help with your most difficult health concerns, including:

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Inflammation

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Understanding chronic inflammation is foundational to healing.  Foods can both cause (fast food, ultra-processed foods) and heal (multicolored fruits and vegetables, fiber, whole grains) the inflammatory response. Genetics plays a pivotal role, too, in navigating to resolution of chronic inflammation along with stress, sleep and exercise habits.

Chronic Pain

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We all know-pain is complicated! Yet research reveals dietary and lifestyle interventions make a difference in alleviating pain symptoms. Understanding our genetic makeup for important biological pathways can help us fine-tune our diet and lifestyle. It's all connected, and the more we know the better our personalized plan becomes.

Oxidative Stress

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The persistent battle between oxygen "free radicals" (damaging) and "antioxidants" (neutralizing) is completely unavoidable through-out the body. Quelching oxidative stress in the cell results in improved functioning. There are strategies to help the "good guys" win the battle through a high antioxidant diet, lifestyle habits and understanding your genetics. 

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Digestion

NOTHING works if your gut is messed up.  There's a lot to examine here: "leaky" gut, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, food intolerances and sensitivities, and microbiome imbalances.  Let's tackle these issues first!

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Fatigue

Remember mitochondria? The "powerhouse" of the cell.  Alterations identified  in your genes can make them less efficient leading to fatigue, but diet and lifestyle improvements can help improve energy levels.

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Detoxification

Toxins come from both inside and outside our bodies, and they need to be eliminated for best health outcomes. Insights from your DNA analysis will help guide the strategies to get rid of them effectively.

Heart Health

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There are great ways to assess heart health (blood pressure, cholesterol, HDL, LDL) and those values can be linked to nutrition (saturated fat, salt, red meat intake).  Genetics can offer even more insight on how to keep your heart healthy and strong.

Weight Management

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Maybe you think you weigh too much.  Maybe weight is not a focus but you just want to feel and move better.  All of our biological systems are connected: gain genetic insights, start eating smarter and the weight will begin to shift in the direction you desire.

Brain Health

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Nutrition interventions to maximize brain health is a hot topic!  There is solid scientific evidence that diet influences brain health and risks of dementia.  The MIND diet is a great guide, but your genetics will help us fine tune what you need to keep your brain healthy.

Meet Lisa

Meet Lisa Hillmann

Nutritional Genomics Dietitian 
Masters-Trained Genetic Counselor

Nutritional Genomics Dietitian 
Masters-Trained Genetic Counselor

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Hello!  I'm Lisa Hillmann, a registered dietitian and masters-trained genetic counselor.   I specialize in personalized nutrition care using state-of-the-art genetic testing.  We are all genetically different, and  these unique differences can negatively affect the way our bodies metabolize food, handle stress and toxins, and manage our weight. There are ways to overcome these genetic liabilities through nutrition and lifestyle changes. Combining comprehensive genetic analysis and nutrition counseling results in a highly personalized plan that can help you overcome your most difficult health challenges.

 

A nutritional genomics assessment provides valuable insight on how to work with your genes to improve your health through diet and lifestyle changes.  We have about 30,000 genes, each providing essential biochemical instructions supporting a healthy body and mind.  We all have inherited changes in some of those genes that make them less efficient.  Many of these inefficient genes can be optimized with diet, lifestyle, or short-term targeted supplements allowing your body to get back into balance and feeling better.

A genetics test identifies those less-efficient genes and provides guidance on how to make them function at their best.  I further personalize the test results to focus on your immediate goals.  Together we create a path forward to help you realize your vision of better health, personalized especially for you.

 

 I am here to be your guide in reclaiming your good health through genetics and nutrition.  

There's no silver bullet to feeling great - it starts with discovering the unique way your body works,  sustained incremental changes to dietary habits, and a commitment to your personal recovery.  I am dedicated to helping you improve your health.  I have education and training in clinical genetics and dietetics, access to state-of-the-art genetic testing and the expertise to help you understand test results and overcome nutrition-related challenges.  

Interested in working together or learning more? Send me a message below or click the "Book an introductory call now" button and I'll forward a quick questionnaire to get to know you better.  We'll schedule a brief (15-30 minute) call to discuss your goals and how I can help. 

 Begin your journey to feeling better!  

~Lisa

Paul in KY

The most beneficial aspects of working with Lisa have been learning what I've been doing wrong all my life and figuring out my specific needs. Lisa is great to work with, you can tell she is passionate in what she does and cares about her clients. 

Julie in CA

I think the information is very helpful in guiding me to live a healthier life that is conducive to my genes.  The personalized aspect is key. Lisa's knowledge was appreciated when answering my questions.  My concerns were addressed in an empathic professional manner.

Liz in OH

It's a revelation to see the linkage between my genetic makeup and experiences I have had consuming foods! I feel like I now have concrete steps to bring my eating in line with my body's specific needs.
Lisa is a talented communicator, able to translate complex information to a non-expert like me. She conveys an overwhelming can-do attitude and encouraging positivity.

Caroline in NC

Lisa's empathy, curiosity and trauma-informed approach was very refreshing. I felt very supported by Lisa's approach and expertise

Kirsten in NC

Lisa listened to my needs and made suggestions that were appropriate. She was very non-judgemental and understanding.  I really learned a lot about my nutritional and health needs.  Lisa explained everything very clearly.

Elizabeth in NC

I have more clarity into why and how my genetic makeup responds to combinations of foods.  Learning about methylation and histamines and how different fods can work together to cause specific reations will help me to take better care of my body to reduce inflammation and enhance overall wellbeing.
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All consultations are conducted virtuallly

Based in  Asheville, North Carolina

Licensed in NC, OH, FL and KY

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